Australia’s leading bookmaker the TAB gives an overview of today’s betting markets from the feature races and race meetings from around the country. See which races punters cleaned up on and lost on.
Ranch Hand stays $9
Queen Of Wizardry $101-$17 (after winning r4 @ Eagle Farm)
MAGIC MILLIONS GUINEAS
Gotta Kiss stays $13
Apache Chase $26-$17
Smart ‘n’ Sexy $101-$34 (after winning r5 @ Eagle Farm)
Portland Sky $21-$51
Smart Image $15-$21
Private Eye $26 to $21 (after winning r4 @ Rand Kens)
Four Moves Ahead $34 to $17 (after winning r1 @ Rand Kens)
Four Moves Ahead was easily the best tried runner in the Schweppes Handicap (1150 metres).
It was backed from $3.20 second pick in the morning to take over favouritism, bottoming out at $2.50 before jumping $2.70.
In the end, the John Sargent runner held slightly more money than the long-time fav Laurelin ($2.90). The pair dominated betting.
BETS: Four Moves Ahead $2,000 @ $2.70, $1,500 @ $2.70, $2,000 @ $2.60
BETS: Laurelin $3,000 @ $3, $6,000 @ $2.90, $2,000 @ $2.90 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $2.90 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Wilsons Prom $1,000 @ $13
The late drift told the story in the TAB Highway Class 3 Handicap (1400 metres).
Mothers Mercy had been as low as $1.85 during the morning but blew back out to $2.30. Starting favourite, she held more than twice as much as anything else in the race and held nearly half the total investment.
Costas ($11-$6.50) was a decent push at a price while Belleistic Lad ($21-$16) had some specking.
The winner, Boyles, was another who had specking and saluted at $10 after being as much as $18 at 9am.
BETS: Mothers Mercy $1,000 @ $2.25 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $2.20 MULTIPLE TIMES
The consistent specking for Power Of Attorney proved spot on in the Heineken Handicap (2400 metres).
Peter Robl’s rep was $16 in the morning and pretty much halved its quote by the time the race rolled around, jumping at $8.50.
Landing a good betting move, Power Of Attorney’s win saw Parry Sound go around as a costly conveyance. It held over 33 percent of the money and was a clear popular pick with TAB customers.
Skymax ($3.10-$4.20) was a big drifter after starting the day as favourite while Harpo Marx ($3.80-$4.80) was in the same boat.
BETS: Parry Sound $2,450 @ $3.50, $1,000 @ $3.50
Private Eye defied the betting drift to take out the Precise Air Handicap (1300 metres) in strong fashion.
Although opening the day as favourite, Private Eye was a drifter despite carrying good money throughout the afternoon. As a result, the Joe Pride runner went $3.70 out to $6 eq fav along with Vreneli.
Vreneli had been a good firmer after being $9 in the morning while the other good push was for the bottom one, Yangarra Rose ($13 peak, $7).
BETS: Private Eye $2,000 @ $5, $2,000 x $1,000 e/w @ $4.80/$1.80, $2,000 @ $3.50
BETS: Vreneli $3,600 @ $4.80
The drift for Edison was the telling factor in the Maroubra Handicap (1550 metres).
Starting the day as an odds-on fav, Edison jumped at $2.40 and although a clear favourite, punters were more than happy to shop around for some value late.
Soldier Of Love ($9-$5) had been supported all day but Order Again ($10-$8.50) was a sharp trim up in the final few minutes of betting.
Edison was one of the most popular horses all day and held nearly 60 percent of the market.
BETS: Edison $1,400 $2.50, $4,000 @ $2.40, $10,000 @ $1.95
BETS: Soldier Of Love $1,500 @ $5
BETS: Al Mah Haha $1,500 e/w @ $5.50/$2.50
It was a tough start to the quaddie for favourite players when Nuclear Summit led throughout to win The Agency Real Estate Handicap (1300 metres).
Going around as a $19 chance, the Gary and John Moore-trained runner was rated a treat by Cejay Graham in holding out Terrace House ($6-$8) and Irish Songs ($14-$10).
The story from a betting perspective was the failure of Smart Image ($2.40-$2.80) which accounted for 49 percent of the market and was four times as popular as anything else.
Green ($9.50-$5) had plenty of support and was a big firmer too but the pair were never in the hunt.
BETS: Smart Image $2,000 @ $2.70, $1,000 @ $2.70, $2,000 @ $2.60
BETS: Green $1,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Nordicus $1,500 e/w @ $8.50/$2.40
The confidence around De Grawin was justified in the SKY Racing Active Handicap (1000 metres).
Easily the most popular runner in the race, the Joe Pride-trained galloper was $4.20 on Wednesday and $3.50 this morning, bottoming out at $2.80 before starting $3.20.
The four-year-old held four times the amount of money than the second pick in the market, Our Bellagio Miss ($4.80). Overall, the winner accounted for just over half the total investment on the race.
BETS: De Grawin $10,000 @ $3, $2,000 @ $2.80
BETS: Our Bellagio Miss $1,000 @ $5.50 MULTIPLE TIMES
The money was spot on in the TAB Handicap (1550 metres).
Snowfire held the majority of investment in the five-horse field with his odds fluctuating between $2.60 this morning, into red figures at one point, before jumping $2.20. Accounting for over half the money, Snowfire kicked back to beat Cisco Bay ($5-$4.20) which was the best tried to beat it and attracted decent coin for the place (see below).
BETS: Snowfire $3,550 @ $2.10, $2,000 @ $2.10 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Cisco Bay $8,000 @ $2 PLACE
BETS: Wairere Falls $2,000 @ $5.50
Most of the money here was riding on Tiny for the running of the Ranvet Handicap (1100 metres).
Backed from $4.40 this morning into $3.70 at the jump, the Godolphin filly was three times as popular as anything else and commanded over 40 percent of the total investment.
Salina Dreaming was $3.30 fav in the morning but blew to $5 to end up on the third line of betting.
Never Talk, although firming from $9-$7.50-$8, didn’t attract as much money as some of the favoured runners. Hibiscus Lady ($12-$6.50-$7) was a decent push at eachway odds and ran accordingly.
BETS: Tiny $3,000 @ $4, $1,000 @ $4 MULTIPLE TIMES
With the heavily tried favourite Impecunious scratched at the barriers, it threw betting into chaos for the running of the Carol Watson Handicap (1400 metres).
Bella Tiara ($5.50) actually had some strong backing at the eachway odds and so her win wasn’t a surprise at all. Prior to the fav’s scratching, Bella Tiara had been backed from $11-$9.
Licciardi ($3.90) went around as favourite in front of Sensationalisation ($4.60) with the latter holding the most money in the race.
BETS: Sensationalisation $1,500 @ $5
Zac De Boss was kept safe in betting for the running of the Vin Quirk Handicap (1400 metres).
The Matt Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained runner hovered around the $6-$6.50 mark throughout betting and was the third most popular runner in terms of money taken. Only Campese ($4.40) held more, however, that particular runner jumped favourite and held three times as much money.
Moeen ($5.50) attracted strong money and was the second most popular in the race but Campese ended up being costly. It went around with 33 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Campese $2,000 @ $4.40
BETS: Moeen $1,000 @ $5.50
Coin Collector was a costly proposition in the Jodie Burgess Handicap (2400 metres).
The son of All Too Hard held more than half the total investment on the race and was responsible for three times the amount of money put on any other runner.
In the end it was an upset with Classic Weiwei ($51) getting up at big odds for the Tony & Calvin McEvoy yard. The five-year-old held the least amount of money in the event.
BETS: Coin Collector $2,500 @ $3, $2,300 @ $3, $1,500 @ $2.50 MULTIPLE TIMES
Evening Glory wasn’t totally without admirers in the Warren Moore Handicap (1200 metres).
The Anthony & Sam Freedman runner was $7.50-$6 on the day and was the third most popular runner in terms of money held.
Housay ($2.70-$3-$2.90) was clearly the most popular and held 41 percent of the total investment.
Promotions ($5.50-$4.40-$4.80) had plenty of admirers once again while Zabelarina ($9.50-$7.50) had support at the eachway quote.
BETS: Housay $3,000 @ $2.90, $1,500 @ $2.90 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 2 $2.90 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,450 @ $2.70
BETS: Promotions $3,585 @ $4.60
In what was a good betting race, Miss Albania landed some handy investments in the Iris O’Farrell Handicap (1100 metres).
Although getting out in the market, Miss Albania ($3.60-$4.80) went around as favourite and held more money than anything else.
Excelida ($8-$4.60-$5) was a decent sharpen up in the morning while Flostar ($13-$9.50-$10) had plenty of admirers.
Lani Bang Bang ($6.50-$4.80-$5.50) was the other one TAB customer had rallied to at some point during the day.
BETS: Miss Albania $1,000 @ $4.60 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,500 @ $4.40
BETS: Flostar $2,000x $4,000 e/w @ $12/$3.30, $2,000 e/w @ $9.50/$3
BETS: Excelida $2,000 @ $6.50, $4,000 @ $5.50
Favourite backers were on good terms with themselves after Dickin Medal narrowly held on to take out the Erin Coldham Handicap (1100 metres).
The Godolphin runner’s flucs went from $3.40 out to $3.80 before a late rally saw it start a $3.50 chance. It was responsible for approximately 33 percent of the money but Zion ($4.60-$4) had plenty of admirers to beat it.
Of the others, Yulong Command ($9.50-$7) ran right up to the support for it.
BETS: Dickin Medal $3,000 2 $3.60 TWICE, $2,000 @ $3.60
BETS: Zion $6,000 @ $4
BETS: Zoutons $3,500 x $1,000 e/w @ $8.50/$2.50
Rule The World ruined the big move for Grinzinger Allee in the Travis Stillman Handicap (1400 metres).
When markets opened on Wednesday, Grinzinger Allee was $13 with TAB and was one of the first horses backed in the race. Firming every day, this morning $5.50 was on the table but $4 was available at jump time.
Holding more than double the amount of money than anything else, Grinzinger Allee was nosed out of the finish by Rule The World ($9.50) which opened $13 earlier in the week.
BETS: Grinzinger Allee $4,500 @ $5, $2,000 e/w @ $4.80/$1.95, $2,000 @ $4.80, $2,000 @ $4.60 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,200 @ $4.60, $1,000 @ $4.60, $2,000 @ $4, $1,000 @ $4
BETS: King Magnus $1,000 @ $5 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Midships $1,000 e/w @ $18/$4.60
Sword Of Mercy was the best backed runner outside Terbium in the Mia Terinan Handicap (1100 metres).
Going around as a $4.60 second elect, Sword Of Mercy got out slightly from its $4 quote in the morning thanks largely to the very good backing for the toppie, Terbium.
Opening $4.20 on Wednesday, Terbium was one of the first horses backed in the race and was into $3.10 this morning. Further backing saw it crunched into $2.50 favourite.
The top two completely dominated betting and held 61 percent of the total investment.
BETS: Sword Of Mercy $1,000 @ $4.60 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Terbium $3,000 @ $2.50
One of the best betting moves all day was for Heavenly Emperor in the Virigina Meyer Handicap (1600 metres).
Opening the day as a $7 shot, Heavenly Emperor was backed into $3.80 favouritism and with Jamie Kah getting everything out of the Stephen Brown runner, landed the cash.
Dawson Diva ($34) and Five Kingdom ($34) filled the minors.
Walking Flying ($7-$4.60-$5.50) and Aussie Nugget ($4.40-$3.90-$4.40) were the ones punters latched on to first thing this morning.
BETS: Heavenly Emperor $1,500 @ $5.50, $1,500 @ $4
BETS: Walking Flying $2,000 @ $5.50, $2,000 @ $4.60